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A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Third Point Reinsurance & Subsidiaries

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) of “a-” of Third Point Reinsurance Company Ltd. (TPRCL) (Bermuda) and Third Point Reinsurance (USA) Ltd. (TPRUSA) (Bermuda). A.M. Best also has …

S&P Removes AXIS, Partner Re from Credit Watch; Affirms Ratings

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. And PartnerRe Ltd. Ratings Affirmed, Removed From CreditWatch Negative; Outlook Stable Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services announced that it has affirmed its ‘A-‘ long-term counterparty credit ratings on Bermuda-based AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. and PartnerRe Ltd., …

Fairfax Financial to Benefit From its Acquisition of Brit plc: Moody’s Report

The proposed acquisition of Brit plc by Fairfax Financial Holdings is “credit positive” for Fairfax, according to Moody’s, which noted that the deal will significantly boost Fairfax’s underwriting capacity at Lloyd’s in a recently published report. Also citing the benefits …

Platinum’s Ratings Remain on CW Positive Pending RenRe Acquisition: S&P

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has maintained its ‘BBB’ long-term counterparty credit rating on Bermuda-based Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd. on CreditWatch with positive implications. S&P has also maintained its ‘A-‘ counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Platinum’s operating subsidiaries …

Best Sees No Ratings Changes for Fairfax from Brit Acquistion

A.M. Best has commented that the issuer credit rating (ICR) of “bbb” and the unsecured debt and preferred equity ratings of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited are unchanged following the announcement that Fairfax is expanding its global presence by acquiring Brit …

Best Sees Minimal Rating Impact from Tax Changes on Reinsurance

A.M. Best has weighed into the ongoing debate over whether or not the ability of “foreign” reinsurers to avoid significant amounts of U.S. taxes by transferring reinsurance premiums paid to foreign affiliates by domestic insurers. In a proposed budget, released …

Best Affirms Ratings of General Insurance Corporation of India

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A-‘ (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of India’s General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re), both with stable outlooks. Best said the “ratings reflect GIC Re’s solid risk-adjusted …

Best Places AXIS and Subs Ratings under Review w/ Negative Implications

A.M. Best has placed under review with negative implications the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A+’ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “aa-” of AXIS Specialty Limited and its operating affiliates. Best also put the ICR of “a-” …

Best Assigns Ratings to Zurich’s Irish Subsidiary, ZIP

A.M. Best has assigned the financial strength rating of ‘A+’ (Superior) and an issuer credit rating (ICR) of “aa-” to Zurich Insurance plc (ZIP), which is based in Ireland, and is a “key operating subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd …

Proposed XL Acquisition of Catlin Gets Review From Rating Agencies

A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s have weighed in with their comments about XL Group’s announced agreement to acquire Catlin Group Ltd. for $4.1 billion in cash and stock. A.M. Best placed the financial strength rating of XL Group and …

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